Places to Lodge at Yosemite National Park
One of the first things that you need to decide upon when choosing a hotel at Yosemite National Park is whether you will stay within the confines of the park, or you would prefer accommodation in its surrounding community. If you are going to Yosemite National Park for your summer holiday, then make sure that you book your accommodations early since the company that handles the housing reservations inside the park takes reservations months in advance, so booking just a few weeks before your trip will not guarantee a place to stay for your holiday. If you want to make sure that you will have accommodations inside the park, then you should make your reservations way advance. There are people who even book a year in advance to ensure that they will have good accommodations in the park when they go there.
Accommodations inside the Yosemite national Park include 4-star hotels, the Ahwahnee hotel and campsites in the backcountry. A wilderness permit is required from a ranger station if you are going to stay in a backcountry campsite. If you need to make other arrangements for your stay in the park, the you should go to the company that handles the housing reservations to make them. The Yosemite Lodge at the Falls is another place to stay when in the Yosemite Valley, aside from the Ahwahnee hotel. Camp Curry is the place to stay if you want to dwell in tents or cabins. Another campsite you can stay in is the Housekeeping Camp which is along the Merced River, and there are also other campsite nearby.
Outside the Yosemite valley but still inside the park, in Tuolomne Meadows, you can find the Wawona Hotel, Tuolomne Meadows Lodge, and the White Wolf Lodge. You can also stay in the high-country campsites. In Wawona there are many privately owned rentals inside the park.
Other lodgings are outside the Yosemite National Park; you can find many just near the gates. The four main gates of Yosemite National Park includes the Arch Rock/El Portal Entrance, the Big Oak Flat Entrance on the west, the South Entrance, and the Tioga Pass Entrance on the east. Along these entrance routes are many types of accommodations.
You have plenty of options outside the park. But only disadvantage of staying outside the park is that you need to take long drives to go to the park attractions which are inside the park.
If you are staying outside the park, then you will have to call the lodging places individually for reservations. There is no central place to call and these lodgings outside the park are not part of any hotel chains. If you are a member of any organization, make sure to ask if they give discounts as some lodgings do.